The Way You Hold Your Drink Speaks Volumes
A gossip? Fun-lover? Psychologist sees clues in how you booze
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2009 2:20 AM CDT
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, right, drinks a pint of stout, with Irish musician Bob Geldof, left, at Kitty O'Shea's Irish Bar in Brussels, March 17, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The way you hold your drink says a lot about you, psychologist Glenn Wilson tells the BBC. Wilson studied 500 drinkers at the behest of a bar chain, and discerned a series of notable types. Among them:

  • The gossip: Will hold a wineglass by the bowl, often gesticulating with it or leaning over it to impart some morsel.

  • The fun-lover: Convivial social drinkers, fun-lovers tend to hold a bottle loosely by its shoulder.
  • The wallflower: Holds the glass protectively, palms hidden. The glass is often used as a social crutch, and is never quite finished.
  • The ice queen: Cold or defensive, ice queens typically drink from a wine or short glass, holding it in a barrier position across their body.
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